21 Days of Halloween Countdown Halloween TV Shows!


Hello Again! It’s me! So for today’s 21 Days of Halloween Countdown I wanted to mention some great TV shows that you can either start watching, or catch up on, or continue watching to get in the Halloween Spirit.

In recent years there have been a ton of new awesome Paranormal TV shows that have come out. You can literally find just about anything between network tv, cable, Netflix and Amazon. Here are a few that are guaranteed to scare you or entertain you or both!

The Number One best Halloween style TV show to watch, and one of my person favorites, Supernatural. This show has just about everything in it! If there is a paranormal creature out there, they’ve had it on the show. If it hasn’t been on the show – It doesn’t exist. The show creators continue to come up with awesome ideas every week. And Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have some of the best brotherly chemistry you will ever find on tv.

Next, The Walking Dead. Zombies have never been so popular as they have been in this show. It has been one of the highest grossing shows in the last five year. I am constantly surprised by people who are so addicted to it. It really is a great show with an awesome ensemble cast that is constantly changing. Because, well, it’s the zombie apocalypse, people die.

An oldie, but one of the best shows around is still Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you haven’t seen Buffy you haven’t seen Joss Whedon at his earliest and some of his best! This show has it all. Teen angst. Vampires, werewolves, demons, witches, zombies, Vampire Slayers, more sexy vampires, you name it. This show is tons of fun and is still a cult classic and well worth watching over and over.

Haven is like a mix of Supernatural and Eureka. There are tons of supernatural beings with lots of different powers but they all live in the same town and there is one Super Supernatural cop who is trying to solve all the problems. But she’s stuck right in the middle with her own mystery. It’s pretty cool. And again, there are some hot guys.

Now, I liked the first few seasons of Vampire Diaries, but I got a bit bored with it when Eliana turned into a vampire. However, Originals is a whole thousand times better! I REALLY love The Originals. Elijah is the sexiest vampire out there. Seriously he’s hot! And Klaus is just my kind of crazy. Jackson is a man I could learn to love with his strong kindness. And all together, along with Rebecca and the other Michaelsons, even dear old dad, I think the family is fascinating. And very well done.

The biggie, that has also become somewhat of a cult classic is American Horror Story. These guys know how to scare people! Every season is different. Mostly the same cast but all new characters and stories. In recent seasons we are seeing how they all tie together. So we are now in our sixth season and I have seen the first five. I can honestly say that season one Murder House, was my favorite. It’s about a haunted house. Coven was my next favorite season, about witches. And HOLY CRAP Kathy Bates character in that season is the sickest person I’ve ever seen! Asylum was okay. There was a lot of things that had me scratching my head. Freakshow was a season I wanted to love so badly! But due to the second have of the season being about someone other than the freaks, I found myself only continuing to watch to find out who didn’t die in the end. Hotel was… not my cup of tea. This last season had a lot of things that were just boring to me. I got tired of seeing Lady Gaga in bed covered in blood almost naked except for pasties and underwear. I did however, like the twist they threw in the middle. And Mathew Bomer was great. All in all, if you want to be scared, American Horror Story is a great series to watch.

Lastly, The Amazon Series Hemlock Grove is a good one is you are looking for a crazy brain twist of a show. Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgård are insanely good! The twists in the show are creepy and wild and will have you asking, what the heck?? And the werewolf shifting scene in season one is the grossest thing I’ve ever seen in my life! So if you want a great show, this is it.

So there ya go! Some great TV shows to get you in the mood for Halloween. Have you seen these? Do you like them? Do you have other shows you like better? Let me know so I can see them too!

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Monster Mash Up Movies


Welcome back! This has been the most fun 21 Day Countdown ever!! Not only have we gotten to visit some awesome books, but also some goodies and decorations and movies as well! And today we are talking about Monster Movies. You know, the movies where they take more than one monster and compile them all together to bring a mash up of monsters into one big film. Yup! Today is Monster Mash Movie day!

Now there haven’t been a lot of these, and there haven’t been many good ones of these, but there are a few worth mentioning and watching, if for nothing else, for fun :)

Saturday the 14th – This is a goofy 80’s movie that you can only get on DVD from Amazon but if you like silly 80’s movies, this is one that you should check out. Now I’ll admit I’m a wuss. And as a kid I was even more so. So, even though I’ve watched the movie over 2 dozen times, it still scared me. But, hey, it’s a fun monster mash movie with the bag costumes and dialogue the 80’s produced. So it’s worth it.

Another great and goofy 80’s movie is Monster Squad. This movie too has fun with bad dialogue and campy horror but it’s a cult classic and worth a watch. I did hear they were doing a remake of it, that would be cool to see. So if you want another family friendly monster mash movie, check out Monster Squad.

Now if you’re looking for something a little darker and a bit more up to date – Meaning from the 90’s – There’s the movie Nightbreed. This movie was only scary because of the scarecrow. I do NOT do scarecrows or clowns! But this was one of the first paranormal type movies I ever saw and I was fascinated by it. There are all different kinds of strange paranormal creatures. Though the porcupine lady is one of my favorites.

So that brings us to the 2000’s and one movie I loved, and one I liked. Van Helsing is the one I liked. The movie had a few things that I thought were cool. I liked Frankenstein’s monster. And I thought the brides of Dracula were pretty wicked as well. The graphics on the werewolves were decent. And the twist at the end was great. I liked the fight scenes as well.

Next is one that I loved. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This movie didn’t do well in the theaters but I really enjoyed it. Much better than the graphic novel. This was the first real not goofy movie I’d ever seen that had fictional characters in it. Mina from Dracula, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekkyl, Alan Quartermaine, Invisible man, Tom Sawyer, Captain Nemo. Plus, a total bonus was all the great Steampunk elements. I LOVED all of Nemo’s steampunk items. So cool!

So tell me? Do you like monster mash up movies? What’s been your favorite one? Or what would you like to see done?


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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Fiction Friday!

Welcome back for another 21 Days of Halloween Fiction Friday! Today I have three more books for you to devour this Halloween season! The first in the first book I ever published, Dead Awakenings. It is a book that is very dear to my heart and the one that I’ve had more people fall in love with than any other!

Dead Awakenings


Being dead can be a great way to find yourself…

Struggling to pay her bills in New York, theater student Evaine Michaels sees an opportunity to make money by taking part in an unsanctioned clinical trial for a new drug. But things don’t go as planned. She wakes up in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Then a band of pale-skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, bursts in and rescues her. Evaine is instantly attracted to Luca, but he’s so hell-bent on stopping the experiments, he has no time for the feelings she’s awakening within him.

Safely back at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family and learns that the drug trials have made her a Deader, a reanimated Undead. Evaine and Luca find themselves getting close, until Evaine remembers not only who she is, but that she’s engaged. And her fiancé, Tristan, is probably still looking for her. Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine has some hard choices to make.

But when a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempt to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine might be the key to the experiments, and everyone must band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table…

The trailer for it is on my home page if you want to see it :)


Next we have my amazing friend Dena’s book!



Emerald Isle Enchantment Box Set

Includes works from: Katalina Leon, Dena Garson, Rebecca Royce, J.L. LaRose,

Rea Thomas, Louisa Masters, & Virginia Cavanaugh

Paranormal romance

An Irish castle, griffin-shifters, vampires and ghosts that go hump in the night.

Seven steamy paranormal romance stories with a magical Celtic twist.

Tullamore Castle Ireland is an enchanted place where the adventurous can expect the unexpected. Phantom lovers materialize in haunted beds, werewolves lurk in the woods, a vampire falls in love with a jewel thief, seductive Djinn appear the bedchambers, an enchanted lift carries lovers away, and a lonely griffin patrols the castle ramparts hoping to reclaim its long lost mate. And that’s just the beginning of Emerald Isle Enchantment, steamy paranormal romance with a magical Celtic twist.

  • Katalina Leon – Lord Griffin’s Prize. A loyal griffin’s love is forever, but Ronan has only has one day to win back his long lost lover.
  • Dena Garson – Ghostly Persuasion. True love is a special kind of magic. But is it strong enough to break a three hundred year old curse?
  • Rebecca Royce – Crimson Lust. Stealing a ruby made him a vampire. Now she’ll steal his heart.
  • Rea Thomas – Desire and the Djinn. This Djinn can make all of Ciara’s sexiest desires come true.
  • L. LaRose – Phantom Mischief. Should a girl scream and run for her life when pinned to the bed by a ghost performing the best sex ever? Not a chance.
  • Louisa Masters – An Irish Flirtation. A last-minute change of venue has wedding planner Jillian on edge. Can the magic of Castle Tullamore and sexy Fin tempt her to throw away a lifetime of professionalism?
  • Virginia Cavanaugh – Tell Me Your Secrets. Jesenia came to castle Tullamore hoping to find her muse, instead she was chased by a wolf right into the arms of sexy, mysterious Dorian.


And Finally my friend Amy’s Book!



Colt Henderson is a man who lives for the moment. His past has taught him that life is unpredictable and often disappointing. A confirmed bachelor, he believes that love only exists in fairy tales.

She’s lost, scared, and can’t remember a thing about her past or her identity. She senses all is not as it should be, but without her memory, how does she know what to fear and what to trust? Because of her status as a Jane Doe, she names herself Jane and works to put her life back together. In the process she learns that she possesses unique abilities that certain people will kill for.

Fate throws Colt and Jane together, but they both have a lot to learn about forgiveness and acceptance. Colt’s determination and Jane’s remarkable gifts will send them on a journey they never expected. To survive they will need each other, but sometimes facts are scarier than fiction, and the truth is better left unknown.


Thank you for being with me today! Come back next week for the last of my countdown!! 

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween – Best Zombie Movies!

Okay! There have been a TON of zombie movies over the years. Some good, some bad, some terrible! I can say that there has only ever been one zombie movie that I totally loved. Zombieland.

Zombieland was hilarious and fun and made me want twinkies for the first time in thirty years. The characters, actors, plot and graphics were all great. The cameo of Bill Murray was great. I heard a rumor that they might make another one. I hope they fo and that when they do it’s just as great as the first because I really loved it.

I really liked 28 days. I thought that was a great zombie movie too. It was at the forefront of zombie movies. It’s gritty, dirty, and pretty much how I see it going when zombies show up! The way is was shot was uniquely and the violence and dehumanizing of people is pretty much how I see society disintegrating when the time comes. It was scary how real it was.

I also really liked Shawn of the Dead. It was quite hilarious. And I think one of the stupidest, silliest, cult classic zombie movies of all times. I watched it once by myself and laughed so hard that I turned around and showed it to my husband– he wasn’t as impressed.

I am Legend. A movie that deserves an honorable mention. It was decent. Not great, like a bunch of other zombie movies, but it was worth watching.

Warm Bodies…I know people loved this one, but I was not too much of a fan.  I went with it, thought it was funny, until…the end. I know, I know, love conquers all. But let’s be real. Give me a reason. A good scientific reason why he all of a sudden is human again. I didn’t buy it. I just didn’t. I bought everything up until the part where he turned pink.  But I loved his side kick! He was hilarious!

Land of the Dead was pretty good. It helped give me an idea for a book. It has Simon Baker in it, which is cool and in the end the zombies evolve, which was a great twist.

Resident Evil. What a franchise! I think I have seen the first one a dozen times! I love Alice and hope that when the zombie apocalypse finally happens, I am Alice. I will probably not be. I’ll probably be more like Jessie Eisenberg from Zombieland.

Lastly, a great, fun and totally awesome Zombie movie is Corpse Bride. LOVE it! Tim Burton does it again with that one. From the crazy out of proportion parents, who epitomize the reigning society, to the eyeball losing, worm infested corpse bride, it sure was fun. I loved the twist in the end as well. I thought that was great. And the collection of voices for the movie, including, Tracy Ullman ( Who I love) Albert Finney and Christopher Lee, are a real treat. We don’t get to hear from them enough! So, watch Corpse Bride! Because it is an awesome zombie movie and fun for the whole family.

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween – Best Kids Halloween Movies!


So my next entry for favorite Halloween movies, I am going to do my favorite kids movies. I have already mentioned a few of my favorites. Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus are two of the best.  But there are a few others I would like to mention.

Disney’s Adventure of Icabod Crane. Love it and it still totally scares me. The headless horseman is and jack-o-lantern have freaked me out since I was little. Yes, I know it’s a cartoon, but it still scares me. I have never seen cattails and other natural sounds be made so eerie as well. And Disney does a seriously good job of making scary things scary. But this one has enough fun for kids to enjoy.

I also really like Scary Godmother. Though I don’t care for the illustrations, the story is fun and the godmother is great. I love Godmother as well as the vampires. And I find the werewolf super weird but Oogie is cute and funny and I love the fact that he hates that kids are scared of him. It’s not a popular movie or book but it’s worth a watch. It was a hidden treasure we found when i got the graphic novels for my daughter to read.

Monster House was a great original story that also sufficiently freaked me out. SPOILER – A woman’s soul trapped in her house, she hates kids and tries to kill them if they get too close. There isn’t much scarier than that. It’s the first time I’ve seen an actual house embody the spirit of someone who has died and they can control the whole thing. The kids that inevitably end up inside the house were great and Steve Buscemi always does a great voice.

And no Halloween is complete till my kids watch Beetlejuice. One of the greatest ghosty movies of its time and a whole lot of Tim Burton fun! Beetlejuice has one of my favorites, Geena Davis. As well as Michael Keaton who was wonderful as Beetlejuice. I even enjoyed Winona Ryder. They have talked about doing another one. I am not sure how I feel about that. I don’t know if they’ll be able to recapture that lightning in a bottle they got last time with this one.

Sadly, Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin is not on this list because I never cared for Charlie Brown, but if your kids are young and require something more mellow, that is a good way to go. So is the awesome Disney DVD, House of Villains, which sports a collection of old Halloween Disney stories.

My newest favorite kids movie is Goosebumps with Jack Black. I think I’ve watched that movie a dozen times in the last year. It was great. Funny, creepy and based on all of R. L. Stine’s books, it inspired my kids to want to read his books. It was really well done and I thought the acting was spot on. I was super impressed. It is a new family classic for us. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. But watch out for Slappy the Dummy, he is sufficiently creepy! I am not a dummy person.

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Halloween Decorations

One thing I love most about Halloween is all the cool decorations. I have more Halloween decorations than I do Christmas decorations! I just love them. If it was up to me I’d leave my decorations up all year. But since I can’t, I just have a section of my house that is always decorated with Halloween stuff. It’s the bar between my living room and my family room. And it’s lots of fun. My kids call it our Harry Potter area.

So what are my favorite things to decorate with for Halloween? Well here are 5 of my favorites.

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5. Specimen jars and Potions

I love Specimen jars and potions! I have them everywhere. They’re creepy and cool and easy to put together. You can get jars from thrift stores, reuse jars from groceries, or buy them online. Then you just need some labels and stuff to put inside.

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4. Spider Webs and Spiders

Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t do spiders. I hate spiders. There are very few things worse than spiders. Except, scorpions, and clowns. Those are worse. But I digress. There are two houses in my area that stand out with spiders. One covers the entire front yard and giant tree in one huge web. It must take forever and it looks amazing! The other puts up over 1000 spiders inside their whole house. When you trick or treat there and they open the door every surface is covered in spiders. It’s so creepy.

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3. Skeletons

I love skeletons. And I love all the new skeletons that companies are coming out with. Dogs, Birds, Snakes, Frogs, Bats, You name it. And they are tons of fun to put both inside and outside of the house. You are only limited by your imagination.

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2. Pumpkins

Sometimes I look at what we do to pumpkins and think it’s a waste. They are food after all. But I have started collecting reusable pumpkins. I love the new striped, dotted, glittery and fabric. I love them all. Fat, squat, tall, funny shaped, you name it. And when we do carve real ones and I’m done with them I cook them up for butter or pie or other yummy stuff!

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1. Signage

I love cool signs, funny signs, signs that point the way to my favorite fantasy places. Signs are a great way to add to any Halloween display. Whether big or small, they are lots of fun.

So what are some of your favorite things to decorate with? Tell me.

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown- Best Witch Movies

Welcome back to 21 Days of Halloween! As with all things Halloweenish and Paranormal no countdown would be complete without Witches!


Dressed in black, skin of green, warts, cauldrons…or not. Witch movies have come a long way since the Wizard of Oz.

I can honestly say aside from Harry Potter, I haven’t seen a ton of witch movies. I’ve seen a lot of 80’s goofy teen witch movies, but not a lot of witch movies.  A have seen a few that I either really liked, or totally creeped me out, though.

Witches of Eastwick was a great fun movie filled with Jack Nicholson and Jack Nicholson, and well, Jack Nicholson, who needs anything else really? This classic movie was tons of fun with him seducing women and sleeping with women and having babies with women. And Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfieffer are wonderful. I will never get over seeing the women in those huge glasses and puffy sweaters.

In 1993, Disney came out with the movie Hocus Pocus. I have always been a huge Bette Midler fan, so I wanted to see the movie and was pleasantly surprised by it. It was funny, goofy, creepy and a great Halloween movie. And I have to say, today, it is still my kids favorite. The chemistry between the ensemble cast was only outdone by the well written script. There were rumors they might remake it, but I hope they don’t. The original is classic.

In 1996 I was quite terrified by Fairuza Balk in The Craft. She is seriously freaky! And the thought that a bunch of whiny, teenage girls could gain powers and harm other girls (i.e. make their hair fall out) was terrifying. You’ve seen my picture, you know what kind of hair I have! Anyway, also the part with the bugs and snake, sooooooo not my thing.  All in all, I was impressed and horrified by the movie and still think it remains one great witch movie.

In 1998 Sandra Bullock broke my heart when – Spoiler Alert – the love of her life was hit and killed by a car in Practical Magic. And when her screwed up sister showed up with the ever so hot Goran Visnjic, and they kill him, it took a darker twist. Enter Aidan Quinn, sigh, and you have one great movie. Crazy aunts, screwed up sisters, a family curse and a haunting ex-boyfriend and a detective who won’t let things go. And the female wicca circle toward the end, hilarious! I’ve not seen another paranormal drama with witches that has come close to it since.

Stardust wasn’t scary but it was a movie with great witches in it. I found the movie much more entertaining than the book sadly, but the book is good too. The movie though has a bit of everything. Love, fantasy, steampunk, witches, funny dead brothers, chases, sword fights, snotty girls, a young hot Daredevil and Superman. It’s got it all. A great addition to the witch collection.

Another good witch movie was the only one of its kind I’ve ever seen. The Covenant. An all male witch movie with some of my favorite hotties. Sebastian Stan, Steven Strait and Taylor Kitsch. In contract to most of the films out there, the plot on this one was good and the effects were lack luster. But I really liked it. Seeing guys wield magic as witches normally reserved for women in movies, was refreshing.

Now for the not so great. I am a sucker for Nicholas Cage. And I am a sucker for fantasy movies, or books or whatever, so I was excited for Season of The Witch in 2011. MAJOR LET DOWN! And not because of the acting. Not because of the sets. Not because of the cinematography. Because of the story. I have never seen a more slow moving, hole ridden story in my life. This movie could have been so awesome, if there had been a couple more re-writes. As a matter of fact it has spurred me to think of an off-the-wall witch idea myself. But other than that, no, I would not recommend wasting your time with this one.

So what’s left? Most recently Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Famke Janssen. And though Jeremy Renner is totally sexy. And the guns and gadgets that Hansel and Gretel use are steampunk and make me drool like a man staring at a shiny red Ferrari. But the movie… didn’t make me drool. The sexual awkwardness between Hansel and Gretel is…well…weird! Like, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron weird! And the story, lacking. And mostly, just… weird. I liked the ogre, Edward, a lot. He was sad and fun. Mostly though, besides Famke Jensen being a great villain witch, the graphics were pretty good.

Another newish witch movie I had really high hopes for was The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel. I love Vin Diesel! My DOG is named Diesel, and yet… another lacking movie with some good graphics and predictable, flat plot. I must say, I am getting seriously tired of great graphics and no plot movies. Sigh…

So all in all. There are some great fun witch movies out there for Halloween. And there are some not great ones if you just really must see a witch movie or die!

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Fiction Friday!

So what would good would a Halloween countdown be without some great books you can sink your teeth into for Halloween? Over the next 3 Fridays I’ll be putting together some great books from some great author friends of mine for your reading enjoyment! Take a look at these fun stories containing, Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies!

Reign of the Vampires


Reign of the Vampires was one of the first books I wrote.  Set in a world ruled by Vampires the book is told from the Vampire’s point of view. In this dystopian future there are three classes of Vampires.

Vampires – Pure Blooded born vampires, these are the ruling class of the world.

Vampyr – These lower class vampires have either been bitten originally, or are half breeds. Half Vampire half human. Though still considered members of the Vampire Society, they are not looked on as Pure and Royal.

Vamps – These are the lowest class of vampires. They were humans until a decade before when a virus was unleashed turning 99% of the human population into vamps. Vamps do not drink blood, they can go into sunlight and they are used as the workforce for the Vampire Society.

Ten years after the outbreak of the V2000 virus turns normal humans into a mutated Vampire sub-species called vamps, or kills them, humans are the world’s hottest commodity.  Enclaves of scavenging humans are hunted for slaves, for breeding, and for blood. And now, The Society Rules.

Just months after Vampire Lord Danika Checkov, Coven Lord of Chicago, and owner of the largest synthetic blood company in the world, is attacked and almost killed by her vamp assistant, she finds herself reluctantly having to purchase a new slave for protection. What she doesn’t count on is discovering Mason at the Slave Auction. The largest, and most gorgeous human male she has ever seen. Instantly attracted to Mason, he is the first male to actually make her go weak in the knees. But Mason is only for protection, not for pleasure.

Mason is a human slave, or so the Vampires think. Captured, while raiding a nearby town for supplies, Mason’s biggest fear is someone find out what he really is. Planning his escape from the Slave Auction, the last thing he expected to see, was a ravishing redheaded Vampire Lord who makes his blood literally boil. And when he’s purchased for her protection, he finds that his commitment to her may go further than just as a body guard.

Danika suspects her former assistant wasn’t working alone, and now with the Three Kings breathing down her neck, to find a mate, her life is in more danger than even she could imagine. But all she can think about it sinking her teeth into Mason’s willing neck.

When the opportunity to escape arises, Mason must choose between the woman he craves, and the freedom he wants. Because if anyone figures out what Mason really is, those who’ve been hunting him, for the last five hundred years, will find him as well.

As Mason struggles to save Danika from the traitors in her ranks, his very presence in her life, may bring destruction down upon her head.


Next up we have

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Deep in the underbelly of Montreal, an ancient evil stirs at the time of the Black Moon. Rumors dark as night seep into the public, spoken in hushed tones, as though those who speak are afraid to make the horrors they whisper of come alive.

Azura, a student of witchcraft, wakes up to find her room empty. On her way to class, she finds out that her roommate has been murdered and that the Supernatural Intelligence Agency has been called in. With them comes Rook, the lead investigator, whom Azura finds herself helplessly drawn to. But while Azura is human, Rook is a werewolf, and their romance is as forbidden as it is strong.

As the darkness draws nigh on the city, it falls on Rook and Azura to protect it—and themselves.

Free on KU until October 30 2016


Check out these fun, Paranormal Romances and snuggle up with a warm mug of tea! 

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween! Ten Scary Books for Halloween

I read a post the other day about the top best Horror books of the 21st century. And it got me thinking of the scariest books I’ve ever read. I don’t read horror anymore, but I used to read it when I was in high school and college, so I get that some of these might be oldies, but it doesn’t make them any less horrifying! So here are my top picks for scary books to read for Halloween.

It by Stephen King
It took me 3 tries to get through that book. It seriously scared the crap out of me. Now the ending wasn’t as I’d hoped it would be but the book is never the less a scary one. Of course Stephen King is the master of horror so what do you expect?

The Stand by Stephen King
Now, I know today this wouldn’t seem as scary. With all we know about biological weapons, they seem pretty much common place. From mutagens, to dirty bombs, they are everywhere. But back in 1992 when I read this book, the idea that a super virus could spread by just someone sneezing on you, let’s just say I was paranoid for MONTHS!!!! I loved this book. It is one of my two Stephen King favorites, but it scared the crap out of me back then.

Dracula by Bram Stoker
This book is not for kids! My daughter asked me if she could read it and so I read it and I was freaked out. It was dark, it was scary and it was awesome! I loved it! If you want a great scary classic, read this one. It’s worth it.

Grimm’s Fairytales
Have you ever read those things? They are seriously messed up! Originally the princesses weren’t all happy and light and their stories didn’t come with happy endings. Some are really dark and gory. Some are sad and tragic. But most of them are pretty scary actually when you think about them. And if you want to get even darker read the origin stories that the Grimm stories came from!

Anything Edgar Allen Poe

Literally anything. You could pick up any of his stories and be scared. Fall of the House of Ushers, The Pit and the Pendulum, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell Tale Heart. All of them are enough to give you chills. Poe is one of my all time favorites and he’s scary as hell.

Anyone of these books is enough to get your blood chilling and have you looking over your shoulder when you climb the stairs at night! So tell me, what are your favorite scary books? Which do you love the most? And if you want to see an article about the best scary books in the last 200 years, go here:


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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Halloween Werewolf Movies

So a few years ago I started trying to figure out what my favorite Werewolf movie was and was sad and shocked to find, that there are very few werewolf movies I have actually liked!

Underworld, is my most favorite movie with werewolves, but other than that, as I went through the werewolf movies I have seen, there were very, very few that I would say I actually really liked.

A werewolf movie came out in 2014 called Wolves. I watched it for one reason and one reason alone. Jason Momoa. Lucas Till is in it and he is one of my least favorite actors but I said, for Jason, I will give this a shot. Don’t. It’s not worth it. Unless, you are going in just to see Jason Momoa as eye candy. Then it’s worth it. He is so evil it’s awesome. But the story sucked and the graphics made them look like giant fuzzy kittens.

In 2007 I was so anxious for the movie Blood & Chocolate to come out in theaters. I had seen the previews and was squealing with delight at finally having a great werewolf movie. It had Hugh Dancy and Olivier Martinez, both of whom I liked. Yet sadly, I was depressed with the outcome. The movie was a let down. Not a total letdown, but a moderately big one. So again, I will rank this on the list of werewolf movies out there, but don’t expect to come away feeling like you got an awesome werewolf movie.

In 2011 I waited with baited breath for Red Riding Hood to be released! Again! I was ecstatic for the movie to come out and couldn’t wait to see it. The visuals looked stunning, the story interesting. It had Gary Oldman for Pete’s sake!! And I like Amanda Seyfried. But again, I was let down. The holes in the story were enough to turn me off. Even though I wished so hard for the movie to be awesome. Some of the twists were good. Gary Oldman was totally evil. The love story was sweet and there was action, but it didn’t live up to the hype for me.


So when I went to find an awesome werewolf movie, there was only one that I could think of, that met my expectations. No, it is not the New Wolfman from 2010. As much as Anthony Hopkins has been one of my favorite actors since Silence of the Lambs, I refuse to even review that movie because it would hurt my soul to say something bad about him.

The one movie that I loved. The one movie that I thought was a great performance of werewolves in today’s society was, Wolf. Yes, the 1994 Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfieffer, James Spader movie. How could one ever forget Jack Nicholson marking his territory in the bathroom? Plus the special effects were very well done and quite believable. Though I do not write my werewolves to still be in human form when they wolf out. I think the movie did an awesome job of it. I don’t think they could have put together a better cast with a better script.

Another shout out I’m going to give is not a werewolf movie but a shifter movie. LadyHawke. Michelle Pfieffer and Rutger Hauer. It a beautiful love story set in a fantasy world about two cursed lovers. It is not horror nor is it really even a werewolf movie, but it is a shifter movie and a great one at that. Plus is has a young Matthew Brodrick in it.

So if you’re going to watch a Werewolf movie, I recommend Wolf or Underworld. There is nothing sexier than an Alph Male protecting his mate. And there’s nothing better than a werewolf movie with a real plot!

Rebekah R. Ganiere – Books with a Bite

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